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Atech Flash Pro-57U USB 3.0 True SuperSpeed Internal Flash Memory Card Reader w/ Front USB 3.0 Port for 5.25 Inch Drive Bay

4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 8.1 x 6.4 x 3 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1 pounds
Manufacturer Atech Flash
ASIN B006OYH5NQ
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4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,166 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Memory Card Accessories > Memory Card Readers
Date first available at Amazon.com September 3, 2012

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USB 3.0 is here, but why is it that the ports are always on the back of the computer?

After buying a USB 3.0 stick, I decided I didn't want to reach around the back. I also was tired of the extra cable lying around my desk for my existing card reader, and the card reader was S-L-O-W at taking data off my 300x CompactFlash card.

I searched around and read the reviews for this, and it was perfect for my needs: USB 3.0 port in the front, and a variety of card slots that would move to my computer panel and leverage the faster bus speed. Wow what a difference! My jump drive went from a max 68MB/s up on the rear slot to 75MB/s up. Down is 120MB/s -- this is the same speed as my SATA II SSD that I hook up to an eSATA port!

What really counted was the VAST improvement in my Lexar CF card. The card went from a pokey 5MB/s off the card reader to a whopping 60MB/s on this unit. I didn't even know the card could go that fast. I take a lot of 14MP images and pulling these off the card is now FAST.

Even nicer is that each data device you plug in gets recognized as a unique drive whereas some card readers only allocate you one active drive letter for only one device no matter how many are plugged in.

I'm very satisfied. My desk is less cluttered and my data transfers faster.
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After the Rosewill USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader broke off one of the tiny pins in the USB 3.0 socket of my ASUS motherboard, I found the extra-long cables on the AFT PRO-57U would allow me to use the two exterior USB 3.0 sockets instead. It has read every type of card accurately at USB 3.0 speeds. It has saved me having to buy a new motherboard. I wish I had purchased this first instead of the Rosewill product. I purchased both from Amazon.
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Final (I hope) update:

Well, it turns out that placing somewhere around 1000uF of capacitance on the +5V line to the interface chip helps this to be recognized on bootup. Since the surgery described below, it has not failed to enumerate a single time, and the toggle switch for the power has turned out to be unnecessary. If I had this to do over again, I'd probably get a 2200uF/6.3V solid polymer cap from a place like Mouser or DigiKey and just add it to the +5V line (and ground) without doing any other alterations. From the looks of things, that ought to be plenty of capacitance to get this to work with 100% reliability. And for that matter, the extra capacitance may actually improve performance with marginal cards.

Update May 2013

I got so frustrated with this POS that I took it apart and did some corrective surgery. I cut the +5V trace from the USB connector end to the chip and added a front panel mounted toggle switch to control the power to the chip. (I also put bypass caps on the board on both sides of the cut trace) Now, when the computer boots and this POS isn't recognized (as it isn't at least 90% of the time), a quick on-off-on of the new switch cycles power to the chip and the removable drives are instantly recognized. This isn't a solution for everyone, but it does work.

In my opinion, you'd be FAR better off buying the SanDisk USB3 card reader, as long as you don't mind having another gadget sitting around on the desk. As far as internal readers go, please please do yourself a favor and buy one from someone competent.

Update January 2013:

After dealing with this thing for over six months, I'm about ready to throw in the towel.
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Doing a new system build and want USB3.0 internal card reader for photo downloads. Very few internal USB3.0 5.25 readers available on the market at this time. This takes both inernal USB3.0 ports on motherboard for the card reader and USB 3.0 port on the unit. It was a clean installation, with no problems and seems to work great so far. Blue LED on front indicates when reader is working/reading. Works as expected.
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If you are looking for a convienient TRUE USB 3 reader (not just a USB 3 front port and a USB 2.0 reader for the cards as a lot of units are) this is a nice choice. Today's high speed SDXC and etc. type cards are capable of far faster than USB 2.0 has to offer.

Fit and finish is good, and plugged right into the USB 3 header on my Gigabyte mainboard.

The only thing that took me for a loop was that by the way windows works you get several drive letters (one for each physical slot). There is a free utility if you google for USB Drive Letter Control that will make sure only slots that really have a card in them will get a drive letter. Problem solved.

Speeds amazed me, especially emptying out a 32GB SDXC card to my SSD drive. Works fine on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Also able to boot from any of the slots as a USB boot device from BIOS if you are so inclined, so you could make your own Windows Install SD card, etc. There is a single blue LED that comes on when there is at least a single card in the unit. It is not blinding or annoying, and stays steadily lit, activity makes it flash.

The front panel USB3 port has come in handy and works just as well with USB2 devices such as flash drives. Doesn't seem like it will loosen up on me any time soon. Spend the extra on this one - I think you will be surprised.
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